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March, 2010:

City Tries to Shut Club It Says Flouts Smoking Ban

bar-smokingFirst published: March 14, 2010

Source: New York Times

The Bloomberg administration is moving closer to shutting one of the largest and busiest nightclubs in the city, as part of an aggressive new strategy to revoke the operating licenses of clubs that health officials believe promote smoking.

The nightclub, the M2 UltraLounge on West 28th Street in Manhattan, went on trial last week at a special administrative court that the city uses when it seeks to take away property. If the case against the club succeeds, it would be the first time the city had closed a business solely for flouting a ban on smoking.

City officials have also moved to take several other clubs before the court, seeking to revoke their food and beverage licenses. It has been an open secret for years among the late-night set that there is a network of so-called smoke-easies throughout the city, from little neighborhood dives to glossy, exclusive boîtes, that let patrons smoke illegally.

Health department officials say that the vast majority of businesses comply with the 2002 law forbidding smoking in clubs and bars, but that inspectors have struggled to enforce it at a handful of high-end places that seem to market themselves as smoker-friendly, some even offering loose cigarettes for sale.

Generally, health officials have looked for signs of active tobacco use as part of their inspections concerning other rules, like those for food safety, and have cited clubs for violations that often result in fines of $200 to $2,000.

But they have had difficulty gaining access to the clubs when patrons are actually smoking.


Restaurateur loses license over smoking ban

swiss-smoking-ban-posterFirst published: March 15, 2010

Source: World Radio Switzerland

A restaurant owner in St Gallen has had his license taken away after repeatedly not obeying the smoking ban there.

Police have caught people smoking in the St Gallen establishment on five occasions since October 2008 when the smoking ban came into force in the canton.


AAHK responds to proposed tobacco ban for incoming travellers

hkaaFirst published: 11-Mar-2010

Source: DFNI Online

The airport authority believes the proposed ban on inbound duty-free tobacco allowances would impact overall business

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) believes the Hong Kong government’s proposed abolition of inbound duty-free tobacco allowances would impact its arrival duty-free business at Hong Kong International airport (HKIA).

Following the announcement last month by Hong Kong financial secretary John Tsang in his latest budget speech, which suggested the aim of the abolition is to “further protect public health,” an AAHK spokesperson told DFNIonline: “Arrivals duty-free tobacco products have been available at HKIA since 1999 and sales in this sector are one of the major sources of revenue at HKIA. Abolishment of inbound tobacco allowances would certainly have an impact on our business.”

Cigarette maker targets young girls in latest ad campaign

camel no9Last updated: March 15, 2010

Source: NBC

How do you make this appealing to females? Add pink … talk about shoes and fashion… throw in a splash of glamour.

“It was one of those campaigns that, you know, very much appealed to young girls,” said Dr. Cheryl Healton, president and CEO of the American Legacy Foundation.

Three years ago, the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company advertised its Camel No. 9 brand of cigarettes in women’s magazines — like Glamour, Cosmo, and Vogue.

Those ads have since been pulled — but new research suggests the brief advertising campaign sparked the interest of perhaps an unintended target: teenage girls.


China official arrested over salacious online diary

chinese-bar-signLast updated: March 15, 2010

Source: BBC

A Chinese official has been arrested after a diary about his colourful private life was posted online, according to state media reports.

In the diary, Han Feng talked about his drinking, his sexual relationships and how he took money from others.

It became an instant hit among internet users when it appeared online in February.

But Mr Han is now being held on suspicion of taking bribes worth more than 480,000 yuan ($70,000).

Mr Han was the sales manager at a government-run tobacco bureau in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China.

His job might not have been the most colourful, but his private life certainly was.

Cancerous mouth pictures on tobacco products from June 1

First published: March 15, 2010

Source: IndiaTalkies


Come June 1, packets of cigarettes and other tobacco products will display pictures of cancerous mouths as health warnings, health officials said Monday.

The ‘grotesque’ picture will occupy at least 40 percent of the packet area and will be displayed on the top portion so that people could be dissuaded from using tobacco which causes cancer, and is one of the top 10 killers in India.


The health ministry, as per provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008, and amended in 2008 and 2009, notified the new pictorial health warnings March 5, a health ministry official told IANS.

PACT Passes Senate

kohl herbFirst published: March 15, 2010

Source: CSP

Passage of bill to rein in online cigarette sales a “major win” for retailers, says NACS

WASHINGTON — Last Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation to crack down on black market tobacco selling. The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act closes loopholes in current tobacco trafficking laws, enhances penalties for violations and provides law enforcement with new tools to combat the methods being used by traffickers to distribute their products. PACT, which addresses longstanding convenience store industry concerns, is a “major win” for retailers, according to NACS senior vice president of government relations Lyle Beckwith.

Authored by Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 20 senators, this legislation (S. 1147) would help combat online cigarette sales that have robbed states of badly needed tax revenues and that undermine state laws that prevent youth access to tobacco products.

“The PACT Act closes loopholes in current tobacco trafficking laws, enhances penalties for violations, and provides law enforcement with new tools to combat the innovative methods being used by cigarette traffickers to distribute their products,” said Kohl. “With its passage, we cut off a source of funding for terrorists and criminals raise more money, enhance states’ ability to collect significant amounts of tax revenue, and further limit kids from easy access to tobacco products sold over the internet.”

£23M Bid to find the first “safe” cigarette

smoking-beaglesFirst published: March 15, 2010

Source: The Express

A TOBACCO giant is pumping £23million into a British research centre to come up with the world’s first “safe” cigarette.

Scientists at British American Tobacco say they want to cut out some of the 4,000 potentially harmful chemicals found in cigarettes.

And they say the new product could dramatically reduce rates of cancer among smokers.


Turia wants tax rise to make tobacco too dear for young

tariana turiaFirst published: March 13, 2010

Written by: Simon Collins

4:00 AM Saturday Mar 13, 2010

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says she plans to ask ministers in the next month for a tax increase that will make cigarettes too expensive for young people to buy.

She told Auckland Cancer Society chief executive John Loof at a conference yesterday that she had been asked to postpone a proposal for the tax increase, and for restricting tobacco displays in shops, but had refused.

“I have been asked to delay those pieces of legislation. I have sent a note back this week saying no,” she said.

“I’m hoping we can get it through in the next month or so.”

Heat is on merchants of death

honeFirst published: March 15, 2010

Source: The New Zealand Herald

Maori Party MP Hone Harawira kept his word this week when he got stuck into a tobacco company executive on the first day of a select committee inquiry into the killer industry.

Harawira, who said last September, that he’d “like to lynch these bastards … who kill New Zealanders”, didn’t go as far as slinging a rope over the rafters of the committee room, but he did apply the metaphorical blowtorch to the general manager of British American Tobacco New Zealand, Graeme Amey. He read out a comment, plausibly attributed to a tobacco executive, that tobacco companies targeted “the young, the poor, the black and the stupid” and asked: “Is that a philosophy your company follows?”